Thursday, April 25, 2013
Final hearing on a 4.1 percent increase for state's second largest utility.
The sixth and final hearing on a request for a rate increase by the state’s second largest utility company met with a mix of praise and criticism for Jersey Central Power & Light Wednesday at Freehold Township’s Town Hall. JCP&L, fresh off widespread criticism for its handling of superstorm Sandy and the nor’easter that followed, is seeking a 4.1 percent increase in the rates it charges its 1.1 million customers – many of whom were without power for up to two weeks after this winter’s storms. The Morristown-based company is seeking to recoup the $630 million it spent on repairs following Sandy. It has petitioned the state regulatory board — the Board of Public Utilities — which has held hearings throughout JCP&L’s coverage area since the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
They say the use of smartphones would have been a big help during the storm.
Communication was the key element missing in the days following Superstorm Sandy, residents said at a meeting with JCP&L executives Friday. Bridgewater resident Neha Limaye Pallod—who arranged the meeting and was joined by a few members of a statewide Facebook group she started to make JCP&L answer for its response to power outages in November—said the lack of information on a street level is where the system was truly flawed. Pallod and other residents met with JCP&L officials at their Morristown headquarters, and she said many made recommendations about how to fix communication for the future. Click here to read our Cover-It-Live story of live tweets from the meeting. “Calls are not getting logged correctly,” she said. “Reporting outages…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Thursday, April 4
Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye arranged a meeting Friday with JCP&L officials and residents around the state to discuss the power company's response to widespread power outages from Superstorm Sandy. Following the storm, and weeks waiting for power to return, Limaye created a Facebook page for those who want JCP&L to answer for their response to the outages. She later arranged a meeting with officials for residents in that group, and planned to bring questions they had raised about how the company prepared for the storm and how it will prepare in the future. The meeting is being held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in JCP&L's headquarters in Morristown. Limaye is live tweeting the meeting, and you can follow along with her tweets in …
Monday, April 1, 2013
A meeting will be held with company executives Friday at their Morristown headquarters.
With the hope of getting answers about JCP&L's poor response in the restoration of power for customers in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye has scheduled a meeting with officials at the company's Morristown headquarters. The meeting will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone interested in speaking to JCP&L officials about their response, or lack thereof, following the hurricane, and their plans for change in the future. Limaye initially started a petition to get JCP&L out of Bridgewater about a week after the hurricane, and also created a Facebook group to bring together people from across the state who were disappointed by the performance of the power company following Superstorm Sandy. The …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Power utility company ready to deploy workers where they are needed.
Jersey Central Power & Light continues to prepare for potential power outages due to the winter storm. More than 800 workers are ready to “tackle line repair work when it is safe to do so,” said Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesman. Workers have been stationed in Dover and Newton and will be sent to areas if and when they are needed, Morano said. Hazard responders and forestry crews stand by ready to provide assistance during emergencies and remove downed trees. “We’ve taken many proactive steps and will be prepared to respond should we be needed,” Morano said. “The storm is forecast to be bad in North Jersey as opposed to the western part of the state.” Power outages can be found on the company’s website and the company’s new smartphone …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Additional work crews will help restore service if necessary.
Jersey Central Power & Light is bringing in additional work crews in advance of the winter storm. The storm is forecast to drop a foot or more of snow in North Jersey beginning Friday afternoon. JCP&L President Don Lynch will hold a press conference in Dover on Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss the company’s preparation work in detail. JCP&L customers blasted the utility company in the days following Superstorm Sandy. Thousands of area residents were without power for more than a week after the storm. All available work crews and support personnel will work around the clock, if necessary, to restore service to customers who lose power due to Nemo, the company announced Thursday night. More than 100 work crews from FirstEnergy's Ohio Edison, The…
Downloadable app comes after customers demand better communication following Superstorm Sandy.
The parent company of Jersey Central Power and Light is touting its new mobile phone app, which the company says could be helpful during times of power outages. The app launched by FirstEnergy Corp. is free for its customers in the five states the company's utilities serve, and offers quicker access to outage maps, simplified reporting of outages, and access to personal account information. “Our new smartphone app and mobile website make it easier for our customers to stay in touch with us and conduct every-day transactions when they’re on the go, whether it’s reporting a power outage or paying a bill,” Ronald I. Green, vice president of Customer Service, said. “The new tools also make our simple and secure online bill payment programs …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
App to launch sometime in January, according to press release.
Following several major storms in about a year—including two powerful near-hurricanes—Jersey Central Power & Light has, fairly or not, suffered some pretty harsh criticism from both customers and municipalities. On Thursday, the utility announced a series of new operational practices that, according to a press release, "will provide additional information to municipal officials about power outage restoration efforts during significant storm events." The JCP&L enhancements will include, according to the press release: Providing municipalities with maps showing electrical circuit routes in their communities; locating JCP&L municipal liaisons in company field offices to maintain contact with local officials; hosting targeted teleconference …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
In total, 223 new vehicles are being purchased for the utility, according to press release.
More than $27 million in new vehicles is being invested by JCP&L, according to a news release. The vehicles will be for line crews and "other front-line employees across its service territory," according to the release issued Dec. 20. In total, 223 new vehicles are being purchased for the utility, more than half of which will be bucket and "digger derrick" trucks that will "help employees perform their field work efficiently while also protecting workers’ safety," according to the release. The addition of the new trucks brings the total number of vehicles in the JCP&L fleet to 1,350, according to the release. “The new trucks contain advanced technology that includes enhanced hydraulics to better handle heavy materials and more robust …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Police said traffic may not resume until about 8 p.m.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Motorists were asked to avoid Brooklyn Stanhope Road and Wills Avenue in Hopatcong on Friday as two downed utility poles were blocking the roadway. Hopatcong police said the roads would not be reopened until between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, according to a time estimate provided by Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). JCP&L crews were on the scene repairing the poles. As an alternate route, police encouraged drivers to travel on Lakeside Avenue to Brooklyn Mountain Road to Durban Road. Drivers could then take Flora Road on to Wills Avenue.